French court rules against eBay for counterfeiting, orders damages paid to luxury group LVMHBy AP
Friday, September 18, 2009
French court rules against eBay for counterfeiting
PARIS — A French court has found eBay responsible for brand counterfeiting and ordered the online marketplace operator to pay the luxury group LVMH euro80,000 ($118,000) compensation for damages caused to famous perfume brands like Christian Dior and Kenzo.
The Paris-based LVMH SA conglomerate had sued eBay Inc., accusing the San Jose, Calif.-based company of using its brands as keywords in Internet searches.
The court’s ruling late Friday said eBay must pay a euro1,000 fine for each future infringement.
EBay has run into similar legal trouble with luxury brands in the past. It has given a petition signed by 750,000 people to the European Parliament to ask lawmakers to press for freer retail rules on the Internet.
In a statement Friday, eBay said it is “satisfied” that the French court did not honor Christian Dior’s request for euro4 million in damages.
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